And it's going to take more room than a blog post or comment to address them . So I'm going to do just that in the next issue of the PULP LEGION ELECTROGRAM.
If you're not familiar with the e-gram it's my (hopefully) monthly newsletter / love letter / notebook to indie media. I try to add plenty of links to cool stuff - programs and services you can use as well as the occasional bit of pulp fluffery. (Okay a lot of pulp fluffery) I take a bit more time to develop the ideas and text for an electrogram which eventually makes their way into a book on pulp mediamaking that I'm assembling.
One item from Aric's comments that I did want to immediately address is this:
As for cafepress and all that, wasn't it you that was telling me you can't be a filmmaker AND a distributor? But you can be a filmmaker and also do all this other cross-product promotion/creation?
In today's world. The world we live in right now. If you want to actually make a profit from your work -- then you have no other choice. Not unless you are in the league of someone making a movie for $5M or so... and even that slice of the moviemaking realm is thin. Too small to release in theaters, possibly too big for DVD. It needs special handling and positioning.
I will go into more detail in the next issue. If you haven't subscribed go to the sidebar and do so. It's free and completely non-invasive.
Now I have to get back to writing and selling my pulp.